Thorangla pass and Tilicho Lake Trekking - 16 Days

Highlights

    Trekking to highest ice Lake in the world and cross highest mountain pass Thorang La following highest mountain trekking route. Explore great Himalayan experience with our professional guiding team. Stay overnight in tourist standard local tea houses inside typical authentic villages. Trekking starts hidden treasure Manang valley and end at ancient kingdom of Mustang.

Thorang La pass and Tilicho Lake Trekking starts from Chame village after a long day driving from Kathmandu. Himalayan views at scenic plateau landscape in Manang valley is enjoyable trekking path to reach 4,949 meters situated Tilicho Lake. One acclimatization day in Manang help to adjust your body in high altitude. The region is Buddhist influences have many monasteries to explore. Buddhist mani walls and other temples on the way with the views of Giant Mountains looks nowhere. You are slowly adjusting in the altitude passing and sleeping at the high land. When you are reaching Tilicho lake it is 4,919 meter and you will be normal breathing. Enjoy highest Lake Tilicho with the surrounding Himalayan views. Your foot steep than turn towards highest Himalayan passes Thorong La. This is the hardest day of this trekking crossing 5,416 meter Thorong La and reach Muktinath. You are now at another valley of Annapurna region of Mustang. After you finish trekking in Jomsom, you are flying to Pokhara from this small airport.        

Trek difficulties

Tilicho Lake and Thorong La pass trekking reach more than 5000 meters altitude. Everyday minimum 5 to 7 hours should trek to reach in overnight destination. This trek difficulty level is below strenuous. Trekkers in good health and reasonable physical fitness will be able to complete this trekking without concern. It does not really need previous trekking experience for physically fit peoples. It is only important to drink enough liquate, eat properly, rest and follow instruction of our guide. You will forget total difficulties of walking with scenic land, mountains views and peoples hospitality.  

Accommodation and food in trek

This trek is staying in local tea houses. There are similar standard accommodations during this trekking. We offer twin sharing room but if you require a single room, that also will be provided wherever possible. Foods during the trekking can choose from menu. Veg non-veg dinner and breakfast at the same hotel you are overnight and lunch on the way in suitable place. Foods locally prepare is hygienic touristic standard.

Best season

Best season for Thorong La and Tilicho Lake trekking is autumn and spring. Month of March till May and September till November are clear weather in the mountain region. Temperature is mild and clear mountain views. There are many trekking groups and individual during the seasonable time but if you willing to do this trek in off season time, it is still possible by facing few difficulties but you will find less crowed.

Trekking with our professional staff team

Trekking to Thorang La and Tilicho Lake is high altitude trek and you need to prepare this trek with experiences guiding team. Trekking with professional guide through registered trekking company is valuable for experiencing this trek as your lifetime experience in safe way. We Nepal highland treks keep operating this trekking in every season. Our professional guide and porters provide you warm support to make your trip more remarkable.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu airport 1350m (Tribhuban international airport). pickup by our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight

Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. trekking preparation and visit heritage sites. overnight at hotel

Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Chame 9-10 hours overnight in local tea house 2670m

Day 04:Trek Chame to Upper Pisang (3300 meters) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 05:Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500 meters) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 06:Acclimatization in Manang. Explore around and overnight at tea house.

Day 07:Trek Manang to Khangsar Village (3700 meters) 4/5 Hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 08:Trek Khansar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (4200meters) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house

Day 09:Trek to Tilicho Lake (4,949 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 6 hours

Day 10:Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5/6 hours Overnight at tea house

Day 11:Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 12:Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) passing Thorang-La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 13:Trek down to Jomsom village via Kagbeni visit (2700m) 5 hours. overnight at tea house

Day 14:Fly Jomsom to Pokhara, Day in Pokhara to visit major visiting places. overnight at Hotel

Day 15:Driving or fly back to Kathmandu. Free time and overnight in Hotel

Day 16:Departure

Cost Includes

    • Arrival and departure arrangement
    • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara 3* category hotels ,
    • Twin sharing local tea houses (Guest House) for accommodation during trek 
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private transportation, tour guide and entrance fees
    • Drive to Chame from Kathmandu
    • Drive back Kathmandu from Pokhara at the end of trek 
    • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card for trekking
    • Experience English speaking trekking guide with his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance and equipment
    • Porter to carry your luggage (2 pax = one porter) with his salary, foods, equipment, accommodation and insurance
    • Foods during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and 3 cups of hot drinks (tea/ Coffee) during trekking
    • Flight ticket of Jomsom Pokhara 
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation in case of need
    • First aid kit box
    • All service change and government taxes
    • Duffel bag for trekking 
    • One welfare dinner with Nepal Highland Treks team at the end of the trek in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
    • Bottled drinks including drinking water and bar bills
    • Personal expenses, battery charge cost, hot shower, telephone and internet
    • Personal equipment, travel insurance, personal medical expenses
    • Emergency evacuation charge in case of need
    • Any tipping for staffs 

Important Note

Booking procedure and payment

Booking procedure for this trek is easy. You just need to send your passport copy by email and trip confirmation amount. Advance amount can be about 10% at the time of confirming your trek. Passport copy we need only for preparing your trekking permit. Payment can be made by our online credit card payment system by using your credit card. Also have option to wire amount in our back. Rest of the payment is once you arrive in Nepal. Rest of the payment can be done in the same way and also can pay by cash.   

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu airport 1350m (Tribhuban international airport). pickup by our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnightYour arrival in Trubhuban International airport. After immigration formalities you will see your name board. Representative from Nepal highland treks drop to Hotel. It is about 25 minutes drive from airport to your hotel. Hotel is in major touristic town pf Kathmandu. If time permits, discussion about total trip.

Day 2Day in Kathmandu. trekking preparation and visit heritage sites. overnight at hotel Halfday visit in Kathmandu heritage sites. We cover Pashupatinathnath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur durbar squire. Our tour guide will lead you in these 3 cultural heritage sites. Pashupatinath is the Hindu temple, Bodhaanath is a Buddhist stupa and Bhaktapur is oldest palace which leads major attraction inside Kathmandu valley. You will have enough time to prepare trekking. If you need to buy any equipment, our guide can help you. Stay trip briefing with our team.

Day 3Drive Kathmandu to Chame 9-10 hours overnight in local tea house 2670mIt is long driving. Chame is the headquarter of Manang district. about 5 hours road to Besisahar is paved and rest via bumpy road although it is through beautiful waterfall, jungle, local villages and scinic landscape. You will also gain altitude, but won't feel sickness.

Day 4Trek Chame to Upper Pisang (3300 meters) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house First day of Trekking, Walk through the dense forest along with bank of Marshyangdi River enter narrow valley. The scenic view of crops land and mountains during this walk. After 6 hours of walking reach at Upper Pisang. Village is surroundings with some of the lold monasteries. Walking tour at Pisang after you setup your overnight

Day 5Trek Pisang to Manang (3,500 meters) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tea houseContinue our trek walking through big hills, Jungle and wetland. Cross small Buddhist stupa, Monasteries and Lama’s School on our walking and reach Manang. Manang is biggest village in the Trans Himalayan range of Nepal. Ethnic Gurung and Ghale peoples from here called Manangis. Minorities of Buddhist Lamas who came here from Tibet, Dolpo and Mustang are the inhabited of Manang.

Day 6Acclimatization in Manang. Explore around and overnight at tea house.It is day of acclimatization your body in high altitude. We spend a day in Manang by doing some hiking and sightseeing around the village with your guide. We will visit Monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during this hiking. Towards the end of the day, we return to Mang for overnight.

Day 7Trek Manang to Khangsar Village (3700 meters) 4/5 Hours. Overnight at tea houseAfter acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. We overnight at locally built tea house here

Day 8Trek Khansar Village to Tilicho Base Camp (4200meters) 5 hours. Overnight at tea houseTrek starts via new path that goes a completely different way, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. Tea houses have built here to overnight

Day 9Trek to Tilicho Lake (4,949 m) and back down to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m) 6 hours Start to climb early in the morning. take enough drinking water and packed foods. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Base Camp since accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area is not available

Day 10Trek Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5/6 hours Overnight at tea houseReturning from Base camp you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. The mening of Yak Kharka is house of Yak. Tea houses are available here for overnight

Day 11Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs. Overnight at tea houseAfter a two hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. An option, we also can reach at High camp. It is depend on availability of tea houses. Guide will decide is in previous day.

Day 12Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) passing Thorang-La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs. Overnight at tea houseToday is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am. It is to skip heavy wind after mid-day, which might greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward us with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking down will take us to the holy town of Muktinath. Overnight here.

Day 13Trek down to Jomsom village via Kagbeni visit (2700m) 5 hours. overnight at tea house Muktinath is the important place for Hindu and Buddhist. A holy temple, holy bathing 108 taps, Deeping ponds, monastery, big statues of Padmashambhav can explore at morning time. trekking all the way down to Jomsom by following road most of the time. You also have option to catch a Jeep from Muktinath to Jomsom. On the way visiting Kagbeni and Jharkot village is worth so that trekking down is more interesting than driving back.

Day 14Fly Jomsom to Pokhara, Day in Pokhara to visit major visiting places. overnight at Hotel It is early morning flight. You take your early breakfast in Jomsom hotel or go is for Pokhara. Flight is depends on weather. A tiny aircraft with maximum 17 peoples will bring you back to Pokhara with 15 minutes. After checking in Hotel and enough time for resting a memorial visit in Pokhara starts. Boating at fewa Lake, visit International mountain musium, drive or hike to world's peace stupa, visit David fall and Gupteswor caves are in visiting listed. It is your choice either you finish all these places or do some and rest

Day 15Driving or fly back to Kathmandu. Free time and overnight in Hotel Pokhara to Kathmandu is 200 kilometer and takes 7 hours by tourist bus or private car. It is better you stay relax half day in Pokhara and fly at afternoon to Kathmandu. Since you are after long adventure trekking, you might love this way. Evening at Kathmandu, we Nepal Highland Treks offer you a dinner in typical Nepali cultural restaurant.

Day 16Departure Free time in Kathmandu till your departure. It is important to reach international airport before 3 hours from your flight time. Nepal highland treks manage to drop you airport from your hotel

Departure Dates

Joining in our fixed departure date is to join our group. It is for your benefit in trekking cost. If you want to make your own date for this trekking, we will follow you. Our fixed departure itinerary and its service details may change. Please send us email for making it confirm. 

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  • Thank you for incredible trekking

    Thank you for incredible trekking

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    Thank you for incredible trekking! The last evening in Nepali cultural restaurant with Nepali foods was perfect. Much better then the first time trekking to Langtang! Trekking Tilicho and Throngla, tea houses were the best, eat very tasty, guides are very thoughtful, porters are careful. We even compared our group and others- and always our conditions were better. Looking forward for future collaboration.

    - , Belarus